Wednesday, November 13, 2013 | 9:00AM – 5:00PM

The second Grace Hopper Celebration India Hackathon brings together women developers to participate in open source and code for good.

Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) adoption and usage is becoming widespread and many employment opportunities require experience on FOSS projects. It can be daunting to know how to contribute to an existing FOSS project or release your individual software tool or application under an open source license. To help in this regard, The Grace Hopper India Conference is hosting a hackathon, an entire day where participants can learn how to contribute to a FOSS project, begin contributing to one of the Humanitarian FOSS (HFOSS) projects, and network with other participants interested in contributing to Open Source.

We invite you to come spend the day coding for humanitarian causes with a group largely made up of women developers. At the end of the day, you will walk away with new confidence when engaging with an existing FOSS project or starting your own community developed software project. You will also walk away with the satisfaction of knowing that you have helped make the world a little better for those in need.

Hackathon Activities

  • Hackathon for Humanity:
    With the guidance of experienced mentors and facilitators, hackathon attendees will collaborate to write code with their peers for FOSS projects that support humanitarian initiatives and goals. All of the humanitarian projects participating in the hackathon have a need for contribution from developer. All experience levels are welcome.
  • Networking Over Code:
    This is your chance to do some hands-on geeking out with developers from other organisations and with different experience.

Participating Projects


Mission: To speed the elimination of poverty by coordinating a global community that builds, supports, and uses Mifos, a free and open source platform that enables financial service providers to more effectively and efficiently deliver responsible financial services to the world’s 2.5 billion poor and unbanked.

MifosX is an open-source cloud-based platform for delivering financial services to the poor. It is an MIS for Microfinance institutions (MFIs) to manage and track funds, loans, installments, savings, deposits and related reports for accounting and analysis. Women are usually one of the most vulnerable and poorest segments of society, and it has become apparent that in many instances microfinance can significantly contribute to women’s empowerment by generating additional income earning opportunities either for the women themselves or for the household. For this reason, many MFIs usually serve women in specific, and MifosX is an attempt to help MFIs manage their data better. For more details read: Getting Started on MifosX. As part of the GraceHopper Women’s Hackathon, contribute to MifosX through a list of tasks & enhancements identified by us for MifosX.

Tech Stack: Java, Angular.JS

The Bachchao Project

The Bachchao Project has its origin in the humanitarian hackathon Random Hacks of Kindness. The Bachchao Project aims to develop open technology tools for safety based on presently in-use and emerging technology, turning everyday common technology to ensure safety.

Bachchaoapp was prototyped as a part of the GHC Hackathon 2012. The app was the first concepts of a larger set of technologies to keep women safe. The application is currently live with version 1.0.1 and available on Google play for download.

As a part of the hackathon, we would like to build safemap.

Safemap : A custom crowdsourced map to showcase all the safe locations like a police station, 24 hours hotels, NGOs in any area . Also provides an interface to the user to add safe and unsafe areas. Going further this could help people(especially women travellers) take safer routes for travel .

The technologies preferred to build this are :
1. OSM Map layer
2. Leaflet.js to display
3. python for backend (maybe django)
4. html5 and js for remaining front end

Clinical Reminders

Women and children need certain medical tests, health screenings and immunizations, which they tend to neglect. Delayed administration of medication, skipping immunizations or medical tests can cause harm or result in substantial sub-optimal therapy or pharmacological effect. Scheduled medications and treatment can be time-critical and therefore needs to be the top most priority to be in charge of one’s own health.

As part of the Hackathon, we would like to build a clinical reminder system that allows people to receive reminders & alerts on medication, tests, immunizations or examinations.

Tech Stack: any


Knowledge Partners